Office of Metropolitan Impact

OMI promotes the University's Mission by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

We advance the Metropolitan Vision of the University of Michigan-Dearborn by investing in faculty resources, providing seed grants, serving as a leader in engaged learning, and focusing campus impact locally.

Concert of Colors

UM-Dearborn supports the Concert of Colors by providing the volunteer force for the free annual diversity festival.  This year celebrates the 25th Concert of Colors!  For more information on artists and venues, check out their website.  If you are interested in volunteering, click below.

Seed Grants

Our review panel is now evaluating the seed grant applications received.  This year's seed grant awardees will be announced in the coming weeks!


Catch up on OMI programs in the news!

  • Markyshia Smith, PAMD Director of Recruitment and Outreach, was recently selected by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as one of a cohort of only twenty-four individuals nationwide -- “Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellows” -- who have been identified as emerging leaders in the black male achievement movement.  She will participate in a year-long learning community that will “help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement.” Congratulations, Markyshia!
  • CEHHS Dean Dr. Janine Janosky, Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity Program Manager Dr. Jennifer Teller, and Public Ally Darrin Winston Jr. published an op-ed in February on the need for better pedestrian safety in metro Detroit, particularly as doctors are encouraging people to walk more to combat obesity and obesity-related conditions.

The Office of Metropolitan Impact and Public Allies Metro Detroit are so proud of all the Public Allies currently serving.  Congratulations, DeJuan!

Learn More!

OMI supports and increases the local impact of the UM-Dearborn campus in the Metro Detroit area by investing in collaborative projects and initiatives between community and university.

Our work lifts up faculty, supports student success and increases the positive impact of community and university relationships.  Just a few of our many projects are listed below.